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The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Good morning! Here are nine things you should know as you kick off your week…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine things you need to know as you begin your day.

1. #BELFAST: Nine police have been injured, with three hospitalised, after a second night of disorder in the Carlisle Circus area of Belfast. Water cannons were used by police during the disorder, while 15 petrol bombs were thrown at police.

2. #POST-MORTEM: A post-mortem will be carried out on the body of 8-year-old Anthony Ward in Cork this morning. The young schoolboy was found dead in his bed by Gardaí and family members after an alarm was raised by his mother Diane yesterday morning.

3. #CABINET: Ministers get back to work today after the summer break with their first cabinet meeting of the season – and there’s plenty to discuss. James Reilly’s performance, health cuts, teachers’ allowances and property tax will all be on the agenda for ministers.

4. #COELIAC: The Irish Pharmacy Union has warned that gluten-free products will no longer be reimbursed by the government. Up until now, many coeliacs have been able to claim refunds for the price of basic gluten-free foods – but the HSE announced yesterday evening that the arrangement had been cut as of last week.

5. #HOTELS: New figures by Hotels.com have shown that Ireland’s hotel rooms are now among Europe’s cheapest – but that there’s still a major spread in prices throughout the country. Ireland’s the third-cheapest country to stay in in Europe – but Kilkenny has the dearest accommodation in the country.

6. #THE BIG SWITCH: There’s just fifty days to go before Ireland’s analogue TV signals are turned off forever – but Irish people appear to still be sceptical over whether it’ll actually happen at all. A survey commissioned by the switchover shows that one in four people believe too few people have made the change to digital TV – and that therefore the final turn-off will be delayed.

7. #US 2012: Barack Obama has made a Labour Day election appearance on Ohio, a key swing state in November’s presidential election, ahead of the Democratic National Convention beginning in North Carolina today. Here’s a selection of five videos from conventions past.

8. #PARALMYPICS: Well, what a night – and perhaps another big day to come. Michael McKillop destroyed the Paralympic record in the T37 1500m last night as he won his second gold of the campaign, and Ireland’s fifth – which, in a competition first, was presented by his own mother. Today there are plenty more Irish medal hopes in action – TheScore.ie will get you briefed in no time.

9. #R.I.P.: The towering star of The Green Mile, Michael Clarke Duncan, has died aged 54. The 6’5″ actor was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his role as John Coffey in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s book, and also appeared in the likes of Armageddon. In recent years he had also lent his vocal talents to the likes of Family Guy.

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